Wheatley Update March 10

As the result of low-level gas readings detected from soil vapour probes, contractors on site in Wheatley will begin hydrovac trenching and asphalt removal around the exterior of the 17 Talbot Road East.

Thomas Kelly, Chatham-Kent’s General Manager of Infrastructure and Engineering Services said the work is being undertaken to gain further information regarding the source of the gas. “The investigation process has been meticulous,” he said. “We want to determine whether there is a fourth Area of Potential Environmental Concern (APEC) or if the gas is related to APEC 1, 2 or 3.”

Engineers met this morning to finalize the appropriate next steps with respect to wells identified in APEC 1, 2 and 3.  Once concluded, operational plans and well licenses will be developed to ensure the work is carried out in a safe manner. 

This next phase of work is expected to commence next week.

Homeowner access will continue on Sunday only this weekend due to the work being conducted on-site. 

Municipal officials concluded another session of face-to-face meetings with homeowners Wednesday.